Querrey and Isner Heir Apparents to Andy Roddick's American Throne

Chadley UekmanCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2010

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05:  Sam Querrey of the USA plays a backhand in his first round match against James Blake of the USA during day three of the Brisbane International 2010 at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 5, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Sam Querrey and John Isner have played over 50 matches against one another.  The first time on tour however was at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. 

This time it was not a practice match or exhibition, but for a tour title and front-runner as the No. 2 American behind Andy Roddick.

Querrey took out Rajeev Ram, Leonardo Mayer, Andy Roddick and Ernest Gulbis, while Isner took care of Ryan Harrison, Jarkko Nieminen, Ivo Karlovic and Philipp Petzschner on their way to the final.

Querrey's biggest win was beating the No. 1 seed and defending champion Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals.  It was a disappointing performance for Andy Roddick, and Sam Querrey taking full advantage destroyed Roddick in the third set 6-1.

Isner's most impressive win was beating the big serving Ivo Karlovic in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

The finals did not disappoint the Memphis fans, it was one the closest finals they have had in recent years.  Querrey edged Isner 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-3.  Isner had a 5-2 lead in the second set tiebreak, but Querrey stormed back with five straight points to steal the second set.  Isner was visible upset after losing the second set, and Querrey pounced and dominated the third set to take home the title.

Querrey and Isner then came back on court and hour later and took home the doubles title beating the team of Ross Hutchins and Jordan Kerr in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

The two Americans are best of friends, doubles partners, and now Davis Cup teammates.  They both have similar styles of play and personalities.  They both will climb the ranks and soon will be leading the charge for American tennis as best friends, teammates, and friendly foes.